Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Shake It Up, Shake It Up

Today I have a shaker card featured on the a2z Scrapbooking Supplies blog. And let me tell you, it was an adventure making it. I've tried at least 4 times to make shaker cards and they just are a little too tricky for me. I don't cut something straight, the foam isn't quite right or the adhesive catches the sequins. I just can't pull it off to my satisfaction even after viewing videos.






So I cheated a bit and started with a bag from my stamps that I just taped to the back of the card. It was less fussy and less work, so it actually turned out. Yay!

Here's a peek, hope you'll stop over and say hi! and remember my code CHARK15 if you wanna score a 15% discount on your cart of $25 or more at the a2z store. You could grab some new Hero Arts Stamp and Cuts like these or some HA digis that are exclusive to a2z.


And if you like Taylor Swift's song that I stole my title from, you might find this as funny as I did. Here's The Rock, Dwayne Johnson, lip-syncing the song. Omgoodness! 


Join me tomorrow for 1940s Baby Advice...it's bound to be good!
Happy Wednesday!
Chark

Monday, August 31, 2015

Baby Love

So my niece is expecting a little boy any day now and I thought I'd jump on the baby bandwagon (if that's a thing) and do a baby post while we wait. 

Here's a card I made at the lss, The Paper Cottage, with Crate Paper Confetti papers. I added a little wink of stella glitter pen to the stork, but you can't see that here. It's not my design, but I really like it and the papers.


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And here's a book that I picked up from a library book sale that is awesome. It's a Better Homes and Gardens Baby Book from 1947 and it covers prenatal through age 6. 


Now, there IS some actual good advice in this book for today's parents, but mostly...oh dear...don't think of following it.

For example, Sun Baths

When the weather's suitable, Baby may be exposed to the direct rays of the sun from the time he's 1 month old....He can get his first sunburn around April 1, and be well tanned by late April, with no ill effects from the exposure.

Eek! It goes on to say, "Baby shouldn't be exposed to the direct rays of a hot midsummer sun," (which is the actual good advice) but I'm pretty sure you don't want to tan your one month old baby, even indirectly.


Stay tuned for more important baby care tips from 1947.

Happy Monday!
Chark


Friday, August 28, 2015

That Moment When Your Daughter Becomes An Adult

or...when mothers cry. Okay, I'm kidding about the crying, but today's my first bay's twenty-first birthday!! That is allllll kinds of crazy. So I made her a meme to celebrate! 


It's when you suddenly realize if you're baby is now 21, you are no longer even close to that age yourself and that this kid you've been raising is literally able to do anything without you legally...they don't need you anymore!!

Okay, we all know we need our moms forever, but STILL! it feels like this at times. Of course, it feels awesome to know you've raised an amazing woman who go out and do good things in the world. Who, in fact, has been doing good things for some time. And you are proud...of your ridiculously old kid. (Check back with me when she turns 30, there'll be more screaming.)

So, here's a little baby shoe I made with her birth info after I saw something similar in a Somerset magazine some years ago...I'm still trying to find it so I can credit the artist (if you know who made it for the article, please let me know). I wrote the info in paint pen and then watercolored on top.



And here's a pic of both her shoe and her brother's shoe...who says his looks like a bar of soap. He's not getting a birthday meme when it's his turn and now he knows why. Ha!



Happy Friday!!
Chark
p.s. here's the little birthday octopus I posted to her wall
step 1: get cute octopus pic. 
step 2: put a birthday hat on him. add text.
step 3: enjoy bday cuteness.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Day For Daisies

I love A Day For Daisies digital stamps and entered their August challenge here. The challenge was sequins and since I'm all about the sparkle, well, I had to enter. With just an hour to spare...yes, I'm a procrastinator. Actually, I saw Kelly Latevola's design team entry recently on her blog and had to join in.





I actually restrained my sequin and glitter use to highlight this gorgeous digi stamp. Here's the close up. I also used a very light watercolor wash. I decided her hair should be lovely colors like her dress, and like a lot of my daughter's friends :)

You have to check out these stamps and notice their quality and price ($4 and under.) She even has freebies occasionally. I have a mermaid and some other delicate ladies and just love them. They have kids, animals, books and tons of other categories.

Happy Thursday!
Chark

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Life's A Beach

I managed to do another beach scrap page, even though I didn't take a thousand pictures. I liked the ones I took and they motivated me to scrap. I like the beginning of this page, but it feels unfinished. I need a title and maybe a little design help.



I'm taking suggestions if you have any. Where would you put the title? and journaling? Do you like the center cards or not? 

In the meantime, today is...

"Women’s Equality Day commemorates 26th August 1920 when votes to women officially became part of the US constitution." And it now represents how organizations support women's education and right to live free of violence across the globe. Now that's worth celebrating! Thanks for the info, Days of the Year

I highly recommend Iron Jawed Angels with Hilary Swank. It's a gorgeous piece of film that I got out from the library and opened my eyes. I will never take voting for granted again.


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Happy Wednesday!
Chark


Monday, August 24, 2015

I'm Helpful...Really I Am

I thought I'd share a lot of sales going on right now, just as a public service. I admit, I spent some money over the weekend and thought I'd drag you along with me help you save some money too.  

The Shoppe at Somerset is having a back issue sale, where you can find some of their wonderful publications for less. I looovvee their magazines and I'm always inspired by them. So check out their End of Summer Blowout Sale. You'll also find washi, stencils, Pan Pastels, stamps and more on sale now. The Shoppe at Somerset has some interesting stamps and goodies you don't find everywhere, like this one, as well as Tim Holtz and other favorites.






a2z Scrapbooking Supplies always has some fun stamps on sale. Right now you can get these Hero Arts stamps for just $8.00. And you can find paper flowers and embellies on sale too! And because I'm part of their Design Team, and you're my blog friends, you can use CHARK15 to get a 15% discount on your cart of $25 or more!





Craftsy.com is where I spent some of my money over the weekend. They have wonderful Art supplies and Papercrafts, Cake Decorating, Quilting and Sewing supplies. They have copics on sale right now too. This envelope board that I paid $20 for is just $11. This is my first time ordering but I found some deals. They also have classes (some on sale) you can purchase by people like Kimber McGray, Amy Tan and Shari Carroll. I'm considering the Lettering class.



I saved Alpha Stamps for last...mostly because they have such amazing products and talent over there. I highlighted one of their designers, Laura Carson, here last week. They are having a sale on lots of items, including their Alice in Wonderland miniatures like this and this.





And if you want a freebie from their designer, Laura Carson at Artfully Musing, you can pop over to her blog here and find the details. She's gearing up for a Halloween Event that looks to me like a Not-To-Be-Missed Event in September and October!


So, I'm finished enabling you helping you find sales and deals. Come to the dark side and buy some pretty goodies with me. 

Happy Monday,
Chark 

No affiliation with any of these shops, except a2z. The DT members get a chance for a random prize if lots of people use their codes. But I love the shop (and purchased there before joining the DT) and the customer service is fabulous! Ask anyone!